Dining

Buddy’s Pizza will be open with outdoor seating allowing for physical distancing of at least 10 feet between groups.
Walk-up food locations: Pure Greens, Boardwalk Station, Dippin’ Dots and Cup & Cone, will also be open.

Arctic Cafe

Arctic Café

Closed until further notice

Arctic Café

Closed until further notice

This cafeteria-style restaurant is the first of its kind across the country in a zoo or aquarium setting that is Green Certified by the Green Restaurant Association. The Café earned this distinction for its eco-friendly practices which include cutlery made from potato starch and soybean oil, touchless sensor faucets, increased recycling options, and a programmable thermostat. As the Zoo’s main restaurant, this location offers an expanded menu including hot soup, deli salads and sandwiches, traditional grill favorites, pizza, hand-breaded chicken tenders, a made-to-order salad bar and several vegetarian and gluten-free options.

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company Guest Window

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co.

Closed until further notice

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co.

Closed until further notice

The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. is now brewing inside the Detroit Zoo. In addition to their signature espresso drinks, the coffee company is introducing its frozen cappuccino, the Polar Cap. This Detroit Zoo exclusive is brewed fresh and available for purchase in 12-oz. bags.

Buddy's Pizza building exterior and sign

Buddy’s Pizza

Open 11am to close

Buddy’s Pizza

Open 11am to close

This 5,200-square-foot eatery is serving up a variety of its iconic Detroit-style square pizzas, along with gluten-free pizza, antipasto salad, Buddy Brew and other cold beverages. It seats 163 guests and offers picturesque views of the Zoo’s historic Rackham Fountain from the dining room, an outdoor patio and a rooftop terrace that boasts the highest vantage point in the Zoo. Buddy’s is also yet another example of the Detroit Zoological Society’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Learn more: https://detroitzoo.org/press-release/buddys-pizza-to-open-at-the-detroit-zoo/

Hamburger stand

Wild Burger Detroit

Closed for season

Wild Burger Detroit

Closed for season

Similar to the Arctic Café, this location features gourmet Angus beef burgers, turkey burgers and veggie burgers. Wild Burger Detroit is located in the back of the Zoo across from the Africa Train Station.

American Coney Island at the Detroit Zoo

American Coney Island

Open 10:30am - 2pm

American Coney Island

Open 10:30am - 2pm

This favorite with native Detroiters and visitors alike is located across from Rackham Fountain. The café serves chili cheese fries, as well as draft Michigan beer.

Pure Greens

Pure Greens

Closed for the season

Pure Greens

Closed for the season

The eatery is located near the Arctic Café and Carousel. Now serving pretzels, craft beer and snacks.

 

Ice cream stand

Mitten Market Snack Shop

Closed for the season

Mitten Market Snack Shop

Closed for the season

Cool down and satisfy your sweet tooth at this location with ice cream and Icees. Hand-poured funnel cakes are also available at this stand, located across from the bear dens at the west end of the Arctic Ring of Life.

 

Detroit Zoo - Dippin' Dots

Dippin’ Dots

Weekends only

Dippin’ Dots

Weekends only

Taste this flash-frozen ice cream sensation in 2 convenient locations: Boardwalk Station and next to the Arctic Outpost gift shop.

Ice cream stand

Cup and Cone

Open 9am to 3pm

Cup and Cone

Open 9am to 3pm

Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. coffee, Espresso, and specialty lattes. For the sweet tooth try our hard scoop ice cream. If you can’t decide try a Polar Cap, ice cream and cold Brew coffee blended to together.

Broadwalk Station

Boardwalk Station

Open 10am - 4pm

Boardwalk Station

Open 10am - 4pm

Located along the main pathway between the Edward S. Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat and the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Boardwalk Station offers soft pretzels, bacon-and-cheese fries, floats and more!